The June 20th episode of The Boondocks, which airs on Atlanta based Adult Swim, was a blistering, and I do mean blistering, parody of Atlanta based filmmaker Tyler Perry and his Tyler Perry Studios. In comparison to the The Boondock's "Pause" episode, South Park's riffs on Scientology and Tom Cruise seem almost tame. If you missed the episode, all you need to see is the shot I've posted and you'll get an idea of where the show was aiming most of its blows. In the wake of the episode, rumors of Perry's fiery indignation started appearing on blogs, with some folks claiming McGruder was so on point, Perry had started firing people to systematically eliminate the leaker. A few days later adding fuel to the virtual fire was speculation of a lawsuit coming from Perry's camp.
If Cruise's people were bold enough to force to Comedy Central to pull the "In the Closet" episode-allegedly to avoid doing damage to Mission Impossible III, Perry had to be suing Adult Swim right? Especially if McGruder was divulging trade secrets right?
Well no. Rich Eldredge posted this on his ATL Intel blog this morning:
Despite entertainment blog reports to the contrary, Intel learned Wednesday that Atlanta director Tyler Perry has not filed suit against the producers of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim animated series, "The Boondocks." - Tyler Perry spokesman on alleged "Boondocks" lawsuit: "Don't believe anything you read on a blog"
Honestly, Tyler Perry going after Adult Swim, or Aaron McGruder sounded a little bit crazy.
First, Adult Swim and Tyler Perry are both here in the A, and I can't see Perry going to war on his own turf.
Second, Perry was already leery of how the media has portrayed him and his films long before this.
Third, there isn't anything in "Pause" that hasn't been said before.
Fourth, Perry is a machine and has so far opted to move on to his next project than rest, or waste more than a email or two addressing any controversy he's been linked to.
Fifth, Perry has had a REALLY good working relationship with Adult Swim's parent company Turner, who airs Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns--Perry is by no stretch of the imagination a stupid business man.
Lastly, being a parody gives "Pause" a incredible amount of protection. Even if Perry wanted to sue, he'd have a long, long, long road to trek before he could find a judge who would even let the suit go forward.